Stronger Together EU Settlement Scheme Support Project

26 June 2019

Information & awareness sessions about EU Settlement Scheme

Individual support and help with applying for Settled Status

Specialised Immigration Advice from STEP, Law CentreNI and Children’s Law Centre
Free, local, confidential, multilingual, OISC regulated
Please contact Stronger Together on 02887750211 or info@strongertogethetni.org
(or any of our partner organizations listed below)

STEP has consistently highlighted that the only cast-iron agreement already sorted in the Brexit negotiations is that EU citizens already resident in UK will be able to remain here without loss of their existing entitlement, even if there is a no deal Brexit, and that access to this entitlement existed since 01 April 2019 through the EU Settlement Scheme.  We are also proud to have supported the UK-wide campaign to abolish the registration fee for the scheme.

We are excited to have now secured financial resources for regional The Stronger Together Consortium to assist EU citizens throughout N. Ireland who may have difficulty in completing the online registration to do so before the current deadline for this supported registration expires on 30 March 2020.

The collaborative support project is one of 57 applications across the UK to be awarded funding by UK Home Office to assist those unable to negotiate application without support.

Key partners in the delivery of this project include the local inter-ethnic forums and migrant support organisations at local level:

  • North West Migrant Forum
  • Inter- Ethnic Forum: Ballymena
  • Strabane Ethnic Communities Association
  • Omagh Ethnic Communities Support Group
  • Community Intercultural Programme - Portadown/Craigavon
  • YMCA North Down
  • Building Communities Resource Centre - Ballymoney
  • South Belfast Round Table
  • Resurgam Trust - Lisburn

Together with the immigration and racial equality expertise of:

STEP Migrant Rights & Law Centre
Law Centre NI
Children’s Law Centre
Stronger Together Network

Bernadette McAliskey, CEO at STEP said: this will be one of the most challenging pieces of work we have collectively undertaking in ensuring equality of access for the most vulnerable. We are determined that no one will be left behind and there will be no ‘Brexit’ generation of people in N. Ireland whose rights have been diminished because they were not able to benefit from the registration process.     The project will also provide employment opportunities for bilingual advisors and support workers and immigration advisors across the partner organisations.

Partner organizations will be rolling out programme of support through information and awareness sessions, one to one support and specialised immigration legal advice.

Information about the Settlement Scheme is available HERE in EU languages

Downloadable information and publicity materials to raise awareness about the Scheme and 'how to' guides are available in English HERE 

 

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